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‘Defies the chick lit cliché.’ – Heat magazine
'Cupcakes at Carrington's is deliciously delightful from start to finish, sprinkled with magic and full of heart.' Miranda Dickinson
‘I loved it. 5/5’ – iheart-chicklit.blogspot.co.uk
‘So much more than just a chick lit novel. It has the humour of Sophie Kinsella, the warmth of Cecelia Ahern and the wit and wisdom of Maeve Binchy and the cheek of Are You Being Served?’ – Jamieson Villeneuve, Thebookpedler.wordpress.com
‘My favourite book this year – funny, romantic and fabulous!’ – readinginthesunshine.wordpress.com
‘I loved Cupcakes At Carrington’s, a warm, witty, loveable read with plenty of sparkle and charm.’ – Rowan Coleman
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Cupcakes at Carrington’s is set in a department store called Carrington’s in the seaside town of Mulberry-On-Sea and is written from the point of view of Georgie Hart. Georgie has worked for Carrington’s for many years and loves her job as a sales assistant in women’s accessories. At the start of the book Carrington’s is about to undergo some changes under newly appointed retail consultant Maxine. Georgie is not entirely thrilled by this as she has to compete against her boss James and new guy Tom and also fight her feelings for both men.
I think Georgie is a great main character and I loved the way that things never seem to go quite right for her, making some really funny plot twists which make you cringe for Georgie but in a good way. Alexandra Brown has created a great bunch of characters in this book, each with their own great background story and this makes it impossible to pick a favourite.
I think this is a great book and would make an excellent film. Christmas at Carrington’s is definitely on my Christmas reading list as I can’t wait to find out what happens next. This book deserves 5/5
The story begins on the shop floor with Georgie and we get to know a bit about our characters. Eddie, MD Walter Davenport's `Boy Assistant' is fabulously portrayed. His mannerisms and actions are typically stereotyped and everyone will be able to identify with him. Sam, Georgie's best friend and managing the café on the 5th floor, is full of optimism and sparkle (and gets to hear all the gossip). Georgie herself is so anxious about her past and her financial difficulties that she is very vulnerable. She's often naïve about the actions of others but is also very good at putting her foot down when it's needed.
With the store losing sales, Walter brings in Maxine which results in competition between James (Georgie's boss) and Tom (the newcomer). Maxine is the ultimate bitch boss who plays them off against each other. The character we all love to hate :)
Past employees are also involved with Mrs Grace still knowing all the gossip and giving Georgie some valuable information.
With sub-plots weaving in and out of the main plot, this is not only about Georgie, although the story is narrated from her perspective. I found my heart-pounding with Russian Kon (and not in a good way!) and tears later on for Sam. Tears even when Georgie visits her father. There are some hilarious scenes too. I just loved the girls out on Sam's birthday - the image is still very vivid in my mind! The teambuilding weekend ... Georgie finding herself in a compromising position was extremely funny. I was cackling when she was on the phone to Sam.
The flowing plot and writing style enabled me to be completely caught up in these character's lives. I felt quite sad when I finished so was excited to find out that a short story Me and Mr Carrington is available now AND Christmas at Carrington's is being published in Kindle format on 7th November and paperback 5th December. I don't have long to wait before I can get back into this world that Brown has created!
I found Cupcakes to be a fantastic, immensely enjoyable read. Such a fabulous debut for Alexandra, surely she must be in reality, Georgie herself?!
This book is set in Carrington's, the high quality Department Store where the main character Georgie has worked for years. Georgie loves her job running the luxury handbag concession in Carrington's, where her gay best friend Eddie and her best friend Sam also work. Sam runs the Carrinton's Cafe, where Georgie & the staff spend an awful lot of time discussing events and eating deliciously tempting cupcakes! It truly feels like the hub of Carrington's, and gossip central for the staff.
Carrington's is very special to Georgie - she was brought up with memories of visiting regularly with her late mother and in the present day, it's her home from home with her best friends and the daily gossip that surround the store. It's these strong bonds that keep the story flowing and the reader hooked.
You find many twists and turns for the various characters through the book, each one interesting, captivating and leaving you gasping for more as every page turns! As in reality, we don't like every one we meet... but so descriptive is Alexandra's prose that love them or hate them, we want to live in their world and we are addicted to finding out their fate. We are also left feeling slightly envious of Georgie's choice of delectable men, Tom and James - all I can voice about those two is `Yuummm...' ;)
The writing transports you into the store with it's glamour, luxury goods and exotic fragrances - along with the need to munch sweet, scrumptious cupcakes of course!
Overall a witty, vibrant, laugh out loud gem of a debut from Alexandra Brown and it doesn't end here! Brown has already released a shot story follow up called Me & Mr Carrington which is a prequel to Christmas at Carrington's! So if you loved Cupcakes, you can be transported to Carrington's again and again!
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